FERPA On-Line Tutorial

Consider this hypothetical situation.

Aaron aspires to be a broadcast journalist, and has enrolled at United States University as a full-time student. In his English class, he has earned straight A’s on all his assignments from his instructor, Beth. Aaron is not doing so well, however, in his communications class, which is taught by Penny. Penny is aware that Aaron is a student in Beth’s class and, in an effort to improve Aaron’s communications grades, wants to discuss his work with Beth. This would mean that Penny would share Aaron’s grades and other education record information with Beth, her colleague at USU.

If Penny discusses Aaron’s grades with Beth for this purpose, would her actions violate FERPA?

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